Stamati to be released without bail due to capital controls


Viki Stamati, the wife of convicted former defense minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos was expected to be released from psychiatric Dromokaitio hospital on Thursday after serving three years over charges of money laundering.

On Wednesday, a court hearing an appeal for her early release ruled in favor of her request and ordered her to post a 50,000 euro bail. She was also ordered not to leave the country and to make regular visits to her local police precinct.

On Thursday, however, authorities agreed for Stamati to be released without posting bail, based on a temporary bail suspension resulting from the imposition of capital controls. The measure runs through the end of October but could be prolonged.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Stamati's lawyer, Frangiskos Ragousis, said his client did not have the bail money and would need two months to collect it.